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  • Open Access
    Authors: 
    Brennan, Ruth;
    Publisher: Zenodo
    Project: EC | CO-SUSTAIN (789524)

    Almost three thousand islanders live on eighteen islands off the west coast of Ireland. While many of these islands are dependent on a small-scale fishing industry for survival, their fishing communities face challenges in navigating complex fisheries governance systems at local, regional, national and EU scales. Between 2018 and 2020, I engaged with Irish island fishing communities, the fishing industry and the policy environment in interrogating the political and institutional challenges faced by island fishing communities and their initiatives to manage island fisheries on a collective, seasonal basis. This collection of found poems emerged accidentally while I was analysing and writing up the research. As such, they are an unintended contribution to experimental geographies and join the recent resurgence in creative and arts-based work by geographers and social scientists. Created from the interview transcripts of research participants, the poems provide a snapshot of the complexity of the issues at play during the research period. They highlight the multiple storylines that jostle for space and visibility in the fisheries governance context. The mosaic of voices demonstrate that contestation and contradictions exist and play out not just between islanders and non-islanders, but between islanders themselves, often with no resolution. By allowing for a multiplicity of meanings to co-exist, my hope is that this collection of found poems will disturb the fixed narratives amongst those who are engaged in Irish fisheries, challenge the boundaries within which scholarly research is traditionally presented, and render the research accessible to a wide range of audiences.

  • Open Access
    Authors: 
    Brennan, Ruth;
    Publisher: Zenodo
    Project: EC | CO-SUSTAIN (789524)

    This paper contributes to the growing body of literature that engages with ontological scholarship on fisheries management and governance, and more generally, to debates on environmental governance. It argues that fisheries governance is an ontological challenge that raises questions of culture, equity, legitimacy and inclusion/exclusion, requiring more context-sensitive and politically aware fisheries governance approaches. By engaging with the concept of political ontology, and drawing from empirical research carried out in Ireland’s offshore islands, five ontological assumptions are identified that underpin Irish fisheries governance and management policies and practices, and categorised as social-historical, ecological, geographical, technocratic and markets-driven. Articulating and examining these assumptions provides insights into why policy objectives aimed at supporting small-scale fisheries and their communities may, in practice, not be effective when they are operationalised within a governance paradigm designed around the realities of large-scale, full-time, highly mobile and more economically productive operators. Despite the efforts of ontologically disobedient islanders, the enactment of these ontological assumptions into the dominant world of fisheries governance inhibits the emergence of possible worlds that would enact Irish island inshore fisheries through island logics. The paper concludes that the squeeze on Ireland’s island inshore fishers is not simply spatial, it is ontological. The dominant fisheries ontology that has been created by the interplay of ontological assumptions undermines the State’s critical policy to maintain and manage Irish fisheries as a public resource so that opportunities are not concentrated into the hands of large and powerful fishing interests.

  • Open Access
    Authors: 
    Ruth Brennan;
    Publisher: Zenodo
    Project: EC | CO-SUSTAIN (789524)

    Carrying out qualitative, participatory research at the science-policy-community interface can yield methodological tensions and present challenges for researchers. Sitting within the broader context of a long-running debate around the desirability of scholars’ engagement with the policy environment, the chapter conceptualises three tensions that emerge at the science-policy-community interface, between: process and outcome; engaged research and advocacy; and applied policy research and critical theoretical research. It calls for greater attention to the energy, skills and time it takes to forge the relationships needed to do impactful research and for wider institutional support for policy-engaged academics.

  • Open Access
    Authors: 
    Brennan, Ruth;
    Publisher: Zenodo
    Project: EC | CO-SUSTAIN (789524)

    Article in the Irish fishing industry magazine,The Skipper, reflecting on Ireland’s National Marine Planning Framework through the lens of the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Other research product . Other ORP type . 2020
    Open Access
    Authors: 
    Brennan, Ruth;
    Publisher: Zenodo
    Project: EC | CO-SUSTAIN (789524)

    Blog post reflecting on Ireland’s National Marine Planning Framework through the lens of the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Open Access
    Authors: 
    Brennan, Ruth;
    Publisher: Zenodo
    Project: EC | CO-SUSTAIN (789524)

    Article in Irish fishing industry magazine, The Skipper, on the gender blindness of the new EU Fisheries Control Regulation

  • Other research product . Other ORP type . 2020
    Open Access
    Authors: 
    Brennan, Ruth;
    Publisher: Zenodo
    Project: EC | CO-SUSTAIN (789524)

    Interview on my engaged research following the award of a Trinity Research Excellence Award for 2020 in the category 'Engage profoundly with our publics.'

  • Open Access
    Authors: 
    Brennan, Ruth;
    Publisher: Zenodo
    Project: EC | CO-SUSTAIN (789524)

    Submission to public consultation on the Irish National Marine Planning Framework

  • Open Access
    Authors: 
    Mike Fitzpatrick; Ruth Brennan; Emmet Jackson;
    Publisher: Zenodo
    Project: EC | CO-SUSTAIN (789524)

    Approximately 86% of Irish fishing vessels, as of 2018, are classified as small-scale or inshore (under 12 m in length). These vessels are predominantly active within Ireland’s territorial waters (up to 12 nautical miles) and as such are subject to national management to a greater extent than the larger vessels that operate in the shared waters that are directly governed by the European Union Common Fisheries Policy. Despite the social, cultural and economic importance of the inshore sector to small coastal communities, a governance framework for small-scale fisheries in Ireland has only recently been established. This paper gives a brief overview of Irish inshore fisheries including the numbers and profile of participants, target fisheries and its social, cultural and economic significance. An account is given of a previous unsuccessful attempt to establish a governance system for the sector. The paper then describes and gives some fishers’ perspectives on a second iteration of inshore management established in 2014, the Inshore Fisheries Forums, and the recent emergence of a number of representative bodies for Irish inshore fishers. These initiatives are discussed in the broader context of the fragmented nature of marine governance in Ireland.

  • Other research product . Other ORP type . 2020
    Open Access
    Authors: 
    Brennan, Ruth;
    Publisher: Zenodo
    Project: EC | CO-SUSTAIN (789524)

    Article in Irish fishing industry magazine, The Skipper, on the gathering of women in small-scale fisheries in February 2020 for the relaunch of the AKTEA women in fisheries network

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  • Open Access
    Authors: 
    Brennan, Ruth;
    Publisher: Zenodo
    Project: EC | CO-SUSTAIN (789524)

    Almost three thousand islanders live on eighteen islands off the west coast of Ireland. While many of these islands are dependent on a small-scale fishing industry for survival, their fishing communities face challenges in navigating complex fisheries governance systems at local, regional, national and EU scales. Between 2018 and 2020, I engaged with Irish island fishing communities, the fishing industry and the policy environment in interrogating the political and institutional challenges faced by island fishing communities and their initiatives to manage island fisheries on a collective, seasonal basis. This collection of found poems emerged accidentally while I was analysing and writing up the research. As such, they are an unintended contribution to experimental geographies and join the recent resurgence in creative and arts-based work by geographers and social scientists. Created from the interview transcripts of research participants, the poems provide a snapshot of the complexity of the issues at play during the research period. They highlight the multiple storylines that jostle for space and visibility in the fisheries governance context. The mosaic of voices demonstrate that contestation and contradictions exist and play out not just between islanders and non-islanders, but between islanders themselves, often with no resolution. By allowing for a multiplicity of meanings to co-exist, my hope is that this collection of found poems will disturb the fixed narratives amongst those who are engaged in Irish fisheries, challenge the boundaries within which scholarly research is traditionally presented, and render the research accessible to a wide range of audiences.

  • Open Access
    Authors: 
    Brennan, Ruth;
    Publisher: Zenodo
    Project: EC | CO-SUSTAIN (789524)

    This paper contributes to the growing body of literature that engages with ontological scholarship on fisheries management and governance, and more generally, to debates on environmental governance. It argues that fisheries governance is an ontological challenge that raises questions of culture, equity, legitimacy and inclusion/exclusion, requiring more context-sensitive and politically aware fisheries governance approaches. By engaging with the concept of political ontology, and drawing from empirical research carried out in Ireland’s offshore islands, five ontological assumptions are identified that underpin Irish fisheries governance and management policies and practices, and categorised as social-historical, ecological, geographical, technocratic and markets-driven. Articulating and examining these assumptions provides insights into why policy objectives aimed at supporting small-scale fisheries and their communities may, in practice, not be effective when they are operationalised within a governance paradigm designed around the realities of large-scale, full-time, highly mobile and more economically productive operators. Despite the efforts of ontologically disobedient islanders, the enactment of these ontological assumptions into the dominant world of fisheries governance inhibits the emergence of possible worlds that would enact Irish island inshore fisheries through island logics. The paper concludes that the squeeze on Ireland’s island inshore fishers is not simply spatial, it is ontological. The dominant fisheries ontology that has been created by the interplay of ontological assumptions undermines the State’s critical policy to maintain and manage Irish fisheries as a public resource so that opportunities are not concentrated into the hands of large and powerful fishing interests.

  • Open Access
    Authors: 
    Ruth Brennan;
    Publisher: Zenodo
    Project: EC | CO-SUSTAIN (789524)

    Carrying out qualitative, participatory research at the science-policy-community interface can yield methodological tensions and present challenges for researchers. Sitting within the broader context of a long-running debate around the desirability of scholars’ engagement with the policy environment, the chapter conceptualises three tensions that emerge at the science-policy-community interface, between: process and outcome; engaged research and advocacy; and applied policy research and critical theoretical research. It calls for greater attention to the energy, skills and time it takes to forge the relationships needed to do impactful research and for wider institutional support for policy-engaged academics.

  • Open Access
    Authors: 
    Brennan, Ruth;
    Publisher: Zenodo
    Project: EC | CO-SUSTAIN (789524)

    Article in the Irish fishing industry magazine,The Skipper, reflecting on Ireland’s National Marine Planning Framework through the lens of the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Other research product . Other ORP type . 2020
    Open Access
    Authors: 
    Brennan, Ruth;
    Publisher: Zenodo
    Project: EC | CO-SUSTAIN (789524)

    Blog post reflecting on Ireland’s National Marine Planning Framework through the lens of the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Open Access
    Authors: 
    Brennan, Ruth;
    Publisher: Zenodo
    Project: EC | CO-SUSTAIN (789524)

    Article in Irish fishing industry magazine, The Skipper, on the gender blindness of the new EU Fisheries Control Regulation

  • Other research product . Other ORP type . 2020
    Open Access
    Authors: 
    Brennan, Ruth;
    Publisher: Zenodo
    Project: EC | CO-SUSTAIN (789524)

    Interview on my engaged research following the award of a Trinity Research Excellence Award for 2020 in the category 'Engage profoundly with our publics.'

  • Open Access
    Authors: 
    Brennan, Ruth;
    Publisher: Zenodo
    Project: EC | CO-SUSTAIN (789524)

    Submission to public consultation on the Irish National Marine Planning Framework

  • Open Access
    Authors: 
    Mike Fitzpatrick; Ruth Brennan; Emmet Jackson;
    Publisher: Zenodo
    Project: EC | CO-SUSTAIN (789524)

    Approximately 86% of Irish fishing vessels, as of 2018, are classified as small-scale or inshore (under 12 m in length). These vessels are predominantly active within Ireland’s territorial waters (up to 12 nautical miles) and as such are subject to national management to a greater extent than the larger vessels that operate in the shared waters that are directly governed by the European Union Common Fisheries Policy. Despite the social, cultural and economic importance of the inshore sector to small coastal communities, a governance framework for small-scale fisheries in Ireland has only recently been established. This paper gives a brief overview of Irish inshore fisheries including the numbers and profile of participants, target fisheries and its social, cultural and economic significance. An account is given of a previous unsuccessful attempt to establish a governance system for the sector. The paper then describes and gives some fishers’ perspectives on a second iteration of inshore management established in 2014, the Inshore Fisheries Forums, and the recent emergence of a number of representative bodies for Irish inshore fishers. These initiatives are discussed in the broader context of the fragmented nature of marine governance in Ireland.

  • Other research product . Other ORP type . 2020
    Open Access
    Authors: 
    Brennan, Ruth;
    Publisher: Zenodo
    Project: EC | CO-SUSTAIN (789524)

    Article in Irish fishing industry magazine, The Skipper, on the gathering of women in small-scale fisheries in February 2020 for the relaunch of the AKTEA women in fisheries network

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